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Environmental Scientist, I, II, Sr

PNM Resources

Location: Texas City, TX US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: Entry Level
Date Posted: August 10, 2022
Reference Code: 6087722
POSTING DEADLINE
This position is posted until filled.

DEPARTMENT
Department: Environmental Services

PREFERENCES
  • Experience in identifying the environmental permitting requirements for the construction and maintenance of linear utility projects and preparing a permitting and compliance strategy.
  • Experience in siting linear utility facilities with respect to minimizing impacts on natural and cultural resources.
  • An understanding of construction practices as it pertains to utility lines, stations, and access roads.
  • Experience in identifying, communicating, and vetting environmental compliance requirements with project managers, engineers, construction crews, and regulators.
  • Experience in electric transmission and distribution facility compliance for waste, oil containing equipment, and stormwater.
  • Experience with avian protection and utility infrastructure.
  • Understanding of the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits, TCEQ regulations, and other associated regulations and programs.
  • Experience with using GIS field tools and back-office software to collect field data, populate data models, conduct data analysis, and use the data in project planning.
  • A background of education and experience in one of the following fields: Biology, Archaeology, Hydrology, Range Science, Soil Science, Environmental Science/Engineering or other related discipline.


JOB DESCRIPTION
Environmental Scientist, SR.
Salary Grade: G06
Minimum Midpoint Maximum
$74,796 - $100,975 - $127,152
Personnel in this job title may be covered by NERC CIP cyber security standards. If the position is covered, prior to being hired, promoted, or transferred into the position, the candidate must successfully pass a Personnel Risk Assessment, which includes identity verification and a criminal background check. Prior to being granted unescorted access to cyber secure areas, the candidate must attend cyber security training. Annual cyber security training is also required.

SUMMARY:

Independently manages projects; directs and analyzes environmental permitting and regulatory approval needs for existing and proposed facilities; manages staff, contractors and budget to minimize corporate environmental risk; and consults with management on planning, financial, legal, and risk assessments in many areas of corporate activities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Manages projects and coordinates environmental planning, scoping, compliance, and permitting for all company operations

Schedules and manages environmental contractors and project budgets

Tracks cost and advises management on project performance

Interfaces and negotiates directly with regulatory agencies on requirements, stipulations, and corporate needs

Maintains a network of professional contacts

Informs and advises management on project direction and economic or legal risk

Guides and directs the work of other scientists and project team members

Selects, directs, and assesses work of environmental consultants and contractors

Works on several detailed and complex projects and issues at once, coordinating, analyzing, tracking costs, and minimizing corporate environmental risk

Interfaces with the public on sensitive environmental issues and educational programs

Manages investigations, related to air, water, or hazardous waste issues

Participates in activities concerning PNM involvement in environmental lawsuits

Acts as the primary Environmental Services interface with legal counsel

Directs and participates in due diligence assessments for multiple types of transactions associated with real property and operational assets

Reviews and comments on environmental laws, regulations, and legal issues. Participates in stakeholder processes

Develops, implements, and manages corporate environmental policies and programs (e.g. auditing and environmental management systems)

Represents the companys interests in utility/other organizations

Obtains necessary permits for company activities/facilities and provides compliance support

Directs decision-making regarding interpretation of laboratory/field analytical results

Directs decision-making regarding spills, unintended damage to natural or cultural resources and or wildlife and habitat

COMPETENCIES:

Ability to work on very complex long-term projects and issues and respond quickly and accurately

Proficient in project management techniques, skills, and ability to implement quality control procedures

Good facilitation skills for meetings and negotiating sessions internally and externally

Excellent listening skills and the ability to apply effective communication techniques when appropriate

Must have knowledge of and experience with supervisory and teaching skills

Effective time management with ability to schedule and track several complex projects at once

Ability to effectively practice conflict resolution internally with staff as well as externally with the public and regulatory agencies

Thorough knowledge and understanding of environmental regulations and laws

In-depth understanding of corporate policies and direction and the ability to incorporate into project goals

Ability to review long and detailed regulations, stipulations, and interpret financial or legal risk to the corporation

Familiarity with engineering principles and engineering requirements of projects

Working knowledge of electric and gas utility industry

Ability to perceive emerging issues and potential impact to the utility industry

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university with six to seven years of environmental related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the discipline

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must possess a current, legally valid driver's license and meet the company's driving record requirements.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

Ability to write complex and publishable reports and presentations

Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization

Ability to positively frame difficult issues and persuade listeners

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume

Ability to perform unit conversions

Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, and geometry and statistics

COMPUTER SKILLS:

Working knowledge of database, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software

Understanding of GIS software

ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITY:

Ability to solve complex problems and deal with a variety of abstract variables in situations where little or no standardization exists. Ability to formulate and communicate complex data collection strategies.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and/or walk up to 2/3 of the time and sit up to 1/3 of the time. Manual dexterity required and the ability to talk, see and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Occasional bending, kneeling, reaching, twisting and climbing. Some travel required, including driving. Exposed to outside weather conditions during fieldwork and in power plant environments. Exposure to wildlife.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Field/Office environment.

DEGREES:
Bachelors Degree

LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS:
Driver's License (Required)

JOB DESCRIPTION
Environmental Scientist I
Salary Grade: G08
Minimum Midpoint Maximum
$58,128 - $77,021 - $95,912
Personnel in this job title may be covered by NERC CIP cyber security standards. If the position is covered, prior to being hired, promoted, or transferred into the position, the candidate must successfully pass a Personnel Risk Assessment, which includes identity verification and a criminal background check. Prior to being granted unescorted access to cyber secure areas, the candidate must attend cyber security training. Annual cyber security training is also required.

SUMMARY:

Under direct supervision coordinates assigned projects and tasks; obtains baseline environmental data, and supplies data and support to upper level scientists; works within he department and other limited areas of the corporation.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Gathers baseline environmental data and participates in sampling/field collection activities and programs

Conducts research on specific tasks or questions

Supports multiple Scientists II and Sr as a project team member and a resource specialist

Provides alternatives or solutions for consideration on environmental problems

Works on several projects at once

Interprets laboratory/field analytical results and compares to regulatory requirements

Assists with spills and wildlife emergencies

COMPETENCIES:

Ability to work independently on assigned projects

Must have excellent listening and observation skills

Must be an effective time manager

Ability to present and clarify technical data

Working knowledge of environmental laws and regulations

Knowledge of corporate policies, environmental management systems, and regulations and how they affect their work

Ability to understand basic engineering requirements of projects/operations

Knowledge of GPS, mapping, and sampling/field collection protocols

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university with two years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the discipline.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must possess a current, legally valid driver's license and meet the company's driving record requirements.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

Ability to write routine reports and correspondence

Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume

Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry

COMPUTER SKILLS:

Working knowledge of database, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software

Understanding of GIS software

ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITY:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and/or walk up to 2/3 of the time and sit up to 1/3 of the time. Manual dexterity required and the ability to talk, see and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Occasional bending, kneeling, reaching, twisting and climbing. Some travel required. Exposed to outside weather conditions during fieldwork and in power plant environments. Exposure to wildlife.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Field/Office environment.

DEGREES:
Bachelors Degree

LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS:
Driver's License (Required)

JOB DESCRIPTION
Environmental Scientist II
Salary Grade: G07
Minimum Midpoint Maximum
$66,267 - $87,804 - $109,340
Personnel in this job title may be covered by NERC CIP cyber security standards. If the position is covered, prior to being hired, promoted, or transferred into the position, the candidate must successfully pass a Personnel Risk Assessment, which includes identity verification and a criminal background check. Prior to being granted unescorted access to cyber secure areas, the candidate must attend cyber security training. Annual cyber security training is also required.

SUMMARY:

Under general supervision, leads and coordinates assigned projects; leads and coordinates assigned projects, consults with other departments and organizations on environmental risk; and works with agencies and contractors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leads and coordinates environmental planning, permitting and compliance activities for company operations

Works directly with entry-level scientists to guide and direct work

Informs and advises Senior Scientists and department management on project status, direction and environmental risk

Directs an appraises the work of environmental consultants and contractors

Works on many projects concurrently and at all levels within project organization

Assists in the review of legislation, legal, and regulatory issues

Consults with other departments and organizations on environmental issues and constraints

Interacts with regulatory agency personnel on a regular basis

Participates in due diligence assessments for multiple types of transactions associated with real property and operational assets

Stays abreast of emerging environmental issues and their potential impact on company operations

Scopes and determines needed work product for specific issues

Interprets laboratory/field analytical results and compares to regulatory requirements

Participates in environmental audit programs

Coordinates and responds to spills and wildlife emergencies

COMPETENCIES:

Ability to work on several complex projects or issues at same time

Understanding of project management techniques

Ability to organize and run productive meetings

Knowledge and experience teaching and supervisory skills and techniques

Must have ability to provide and accept constructive criticism

Ability to resolve conflicts

Working knowledge and understanding of the environmental laws and regulations governing the utility industry

Knowledge of corporate policies, environmental management systems, and regulations and how they affect their work and others

Ability to review and comment on proposed regulations, laws, and stipulations

Familiarity with engineering principles and engineering requirements of projects/operations

Basic understanding of electric utility industry

Knowledge of GPS, mapping and sampling/field collection protocols

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university with five to six years of environmental-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience related to the discipline.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must possess a current, legally valid driver's license and meet the company's driving record requirements.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

Ability to write routine reports and correspondence

Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume

Ability to perform unit conversions

Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry and statistics

COMPUTER SKILLS:

Working knowledge of database, spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software

Understanding of GIS software

ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITY:

Ability to solve multi-faceted problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Ability to collect and analyze multiple data sources.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Ability to stand and/or walk up to 2/3 of the time and sit up to 1/3 of the time. Manual dexterity required and the ability to talk, see and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Occasional bending, kneeling, reaching, twisting and climbing. Some travel required. Exposed to outside weather conditions during fieldwork and in power plan environments. Exposure to wildlife.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Field/Office environment.

DEGREES:
Bachelors Degree

LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS:
Driver's License (Required)

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
PNM Resources and affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers. Women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans are encouraged to apply.
About this Employer‍

PNM Resources is an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 2020 consolidated operating revenues of $1.5 billion. Through its regulated utilities, PNM and TNMP, PNM Resources provides electricity to approximately 800,000 homes and businesses in New Mexico and Texas. PNM serves its customers with a diverse mix of generation and purchased power resources totaling 3.0 gigawatts of capacity, with a goal to achieve 100% emissions-free energy by 2040. PNM Resources is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange as PNM.

PNM Resources strives to create enduring value for customers, communities and shareholders built on a foundation of Environmental, Social and Governance Principles. At the core of our business we are focused on our Vision, our Purpose and our Values.